Top tips for Parents

We recently put out a questionnaire to all parents of our boarders, asking them if they had any tips for prospective new parents of boarders coming to Keswick school. The response was fantastic, and we are pleased to share with you the wise words which came back. In no particular order, see below the survey results:
  • Don’t panic if you don’t hear from your child they’re obviously too busy having fun! If they want/need you then they’ll call.
  • When they first come home everything is a bit strange but they soon adjust and become the child you remember just with better manners, and more mature. That may not happen during the first holiday home and may well be sometime in the Spring/Summer holiday.
  • Don’t be surprised if your child asks if you’d mind doing some washing for them, they’re used to set laundry days!
  • Think of the boarding house as extended family – they really are like that, but until you think that way you worry that you’ve given them up.
  • Talk to the staff whenever you pick up/drop off it helps to put voices and names to faces and get to know them – they are all lovely people.
  • I often E-mail the house with any concerns or anything I wish to discuss, if it’s urgent I phone – it’s never too much trouble for any of them.
  • Encourage your child to treat the house as extended family, different rules and slightly bigger but there is always someone to talk to and willing to listen to any worries.
  • Reassure your child and remind them of the reason(s) that you’ve chosen Boarding, tell them you miss them but if they’re having fun that’s makes you happy – you’ll still look forward to visits and holidays though.
  • You are totally normal if you get the urge to jump in the car in the middle of the night with a desperate need to collect your child and bring them home! It will pass honestly
  • During my eldest’s first year, every time he came home I told him he didn’t have to go back – he insisted he wanted to. He now tells me that he misses home when at School and misses School when he’s home. I can’t ask for better than that.
  • My second son has just completed his first half term, he told me the list of activities for next half term and couldn’t decide which weekend to come home. I told him he doesn’t have to come home for a weekend if he doesn’t want to, I’ll cope. He heaved a huge sigh of relief – he gets to join in the fun without worrying about upsetting mum, I will of course look forward to the Christmas holidays though!
  • You will always be kept informed of any issues, if you don’t hear from the house then rest assured all is well.
  • Keswick School is in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Possibly the most beautiful scenery in the country with it’s surrounding mountains and lakes. However the mountains can sometimes be a hinderance to mobile phone signals. Occasionally Vodaphone users have connection problems, which can be upsetting to a new boarder who cannot get a signal to phone home! The best network seem to be Orange which is what most house staff use personally and they never have any problems with this one.